Industry News: Kiwi interns to BMW North America

Nina Englert

Nina Englert

Eleven lucky AUT graduates will be winging their way to the United States early in 2015 to take up paid internships – with two headed to BMW North America.

Launched in 2013, the programme gives AUT graduates an opportunity to experience the changing world through workplace scholarships in US-based businesses.

BMW joins a group of industry-leading brands and will offer two six-month internships at its regional sales and distribution campus in New Jersey. This is the first partnership of its type for the group with a university in the southern hemisphere. Continue reading “Kiwi interns to BMW North America” »

Industry News: Inactive roadwork sites frustrate drivers

roadworkA Queensland University of Technology study has found that drivers frustrated at slowing down at inactive roadwork sites are ignoring reduced speed limits.

The results of the QUT centre for accident research and road safety – Queensland CARRS-Q study were presented at the Occupational Safety in Transport Conference.

Dr Ross Blackman, a CARRS-Q road safety researcher, says speed limit credibility was being put at risk when reduced speed limits and related traffic controls remained in place at inactive roadwork sites. Continue reading “Inactive roadwork sites frustrate drivers” »

Industry News: US$12 billion parts merger

TRW-logoGerman car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen has reached a deal to buy US-based TRW Automotive Holdings for $105.60 per share, creating a global automotive supply powerhouse.

The transaction values the US company at approximately US$12 billion.

The merger would create one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers with combined annual revenue exceeding US$40 billion. Continue reading “US$12 billion parts merger” »

Industry News: Dunedin dealer targeting strong LA finish


Dunedin Suzuki dealer Emma Gilmour is looking to maximise the extra seat time at the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship’s (GRC) only double-header round of the season, in Los Angeles, this weekend.

Gilmour is the sole female racing and has only four rounds left to show her speed in the 10-round series and secure a return drive for 2015.

Shakedown this week in her Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) Hyundai Veloster Turbo went positively, with Gilmour further fine-tuning the car. Continue reading “Dunedin dealer targeting strong LA finish” »

Industry News: VINZ backs Paddon’s Aussie support crew

Kiwi-Invasion-2 Backed by sponsor Vehicle Inspection New Zealand (VINZ) Kiwi WRC rally driver Hayden Paddon, enjoyed a little transplanted support at last weekend’s Rally Australia.

More than 100 Kiwi motor-sport fans, organised by the team, and backed by sponsors VINZ, PlaceMakers and Pak’nSave, expressed their allegiances loudly and clearly throughout the three day event.

The Kiwi WRC Invasion attracted the attention or global media dressed in their distinctive dark blue Paddon RallySport supporters’ livery, with the hashtag #KiwiWRCInvasion trending on Twitter. Continue reading “VINZ backs Paddon’s Aussie support crew” »

Industry News: Turners lands Downers deal

Downer-NZ_snow_clearingTurners Group has announced an exclusive deal with one of the country’s biggest engineering, contracting and infrastructure companies, Downers, to manage the sale and disposal of all its vehicles and plant assets.

The growing sales volumes in Turners’ commercial division has prompted the company to expand its facilities, with a new specialised commercial yard recently opened in Christchurch. A new site in Roscommon Rd has also been acquired to meet the increased transaction volume of trucks and machinery in the Auckland market.

Turners expects to sell several hundred assets a year for Downer, from trucks, trailers, loaders and excavators to mowers, scrub cutters and plate compactors. The company has a portfolio of over 10,000 assets. Continue reading “Turners lands Downers deal” »

Industry News: Higher exports, interest rates, and wages forecast

GalleryImage026Economic growth will slow, interest rates and wages will rise, unemployment will ease, and the pace of growth in housing construction will tail off – but exports are forecast to grow supported by a weaker Kiwi dollar.

All this is good news for the retail auto industry, with the current buoyant times predicted to flow on into 2015-17, but at a slightly lower rate..

However, the nine economists surveyed by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) have all cut their forecasts of economic growth in the current year, reports the NZ Herald. Continue reading “Higher exports, interest rates, and wages forecast” »

Industry News: New national sales manager for Provident

jaquesWarranty provider Provident has promoted from within for the appointment of its new national sales manager.

Previously Provident’s Auckland regional sales executive, Jaques Gray now takes on the national role.

Provident chief executive Steve Owens welcomes the appointment. Continue reading “New national sales manager for Provident” »

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